Volume 4 is over. 5 will only come during fall, and we have A LOT to talk and think about what can happen and what had happened in Remnant.
I would like to warn that almost all the comments ill do, probably will be ambiguous, so, they could be both negative and positive points about the season; they are a personal impression after all.
I’ll already start saying that, from afar, this is the most weird volume to watch in a serialized way. He works better if watched as a movie, in a single role. I attribute this to the fact that this volume have at least 6 or 7 subplots.
About the season visual aspects, I don’t need to speak about it. Since the teaser/character short, we saw that the graphics got in whole new level of lightning and color. It is beautiful and that’s all.
In the first 3 episodes, we are presented to a lot of new aspects of the plot and the universe of remnant. We discover that Cinder is just another minion of Salem as well as each and one of their functions during the actual events. We se RNJR hunting new grimm species, passing through new zones of Mistral and showing us how the life is outside from the kingdoms.
We discover that Jaune actually used to visit Jaune and we have some mentions to Pyrrha, but that ill save it to talk about it later.
We discover that Weiss family is completely a mess; her father is a jerk, while her mother only drinks at the garden, and, her brother is a douche too. Its also interesting how Weiss, a “princess” is fond of her Buttler Clein, or should I say 7 in 1 Buttler Clein?
And we finally see Blake admitting that she’s a faunus and dot not have to hide such fact as she used too…oh, and Sun following her, believing that she was after the WF, while she was going to see her family, that for me, before vol 4, was dead.
Both 3 episodes were very interesting since we see more than just the main plot of getting to Haven, and we see the first aspect of this season that seemed to be interesting, but in the end, proved to be a little bit disappointing.
We see that each and one members of team RWBY will have personal plots, and well, we already can count 4, at this point in the review.
Ruby and RNJR, Blake/Sun travel to see Blake’s family, Weiss being trapped. Later we see that Yang’s route is one of recovery.
We also discover that Cinder is having trouble to control the powers of fall, and it seems that is due the fact she actually, stole the maidenhood with that grimm scarab. Probably that means her emotional/ physical state influence the grimm. Salem is actually searching for a relic too, and it is shown to be Ozpin’s can or something inside it. But that is a doubt that got me wondering for a long time. Ill go back on this subject later, but add another plot to the list; we are on the count of 5.
Also, in ep 2, we see Ruby dreaming about Pyrrha, and that s odd, since in the dreams, Ruby clearly hears Pyrrha last speech, when that would be impossible. Pyrrha seem to call for Jauen several times and in the end, such dreams only lead Ruby to see Jaune is still grieving Pyrrha and training even harder in memory of her…and that’s all gentleman, until now…ill talk more about it later. We’re in the count of 6 now.
In ep 4,5 and 6, we see Yang and Tai dealing with her recovery status and her PTSD. Qrow is shown to be following Ruby since Patch and that he is keeping an eye on her. Raven and Qrow talk to each other and we discover more about their origin and how Raven leads her life. It seems she knows where the spring maiden is and Qrow do not approve her actitudes. I still have my doubts about her side….oh, Spring maiden, another plot; Count of 7.
Blake and Sun get on Menagerie and there we finally met her parents. Problem is, there are White fang Members there. We discover also that Ghira was the leader of the organization, and that Blake went rogue to follow Adam once he turned a mofo bad guy. The 2 fox faunus actually do not seem to be good as they claim to be too.
In Weiss arc, She is forced to sing by her father and after meeting Henry Marigold, a “shitty Neptune” as RWBY staff says, her trigger is pulled and Jacques once again prove to be a complete assh@le super overprotective annoying father. In the End, Weiss is forced to train in her room.
Also, I forgot to mention the new mysterious boy Oscar, or actually Ozcar.
Ozcar basically was a farm boy that started to hear Ozpin voice in his head, and both seem to be the same person or, Ozcar would be the next in the succession of Ozpin consciousness, or Ozpin is using the boy’s body. We don’t know. Also, 8 plots now.
Tyrian then attack RNJR since Salem ordered him to do it, but Qrw steps on the way and end up poisoned. Qrow explain everything about maidens, Silver eyes and why Ruby is being hunted, the tale of 2 brothers and the creation of Grimm, humans and the relics and Jaune do not seem so fond of Qrow. Can I count that as a new plot?....9 now.
While they try to take care of Qrow, Nora and Ren find the cave of the Nuckleave, a grimm that destroyed both Ren and Nora home town and killed Ren’s parents. Ren and Nora start to follow the creature to help Jaune, Ruby and Qrow.
They fight the Nuckleave, and after a serious battle, that at least for me, was pretty fast and…well, I hoped it was more fearsome; they are saved by Mistral
In Menagerie, after Sun ruins a moment of family bonding, both him and Blake discover she was being stalked and they follow the spy, who proved to be Illya, an old friend of Blake, who seriously hurts Sun.
Weiss manages to learn her summons and run away to Mistral once she discovers Winter is there and Yang is finishing her training with her father. She learns more about her mother and how she was the one to split STRQ (count on 10).Yang prepare herself to travel and she decides to follow Ruby, thinking that she need to take care of her to avoid STRQ stuff happen again or at least that’s how I felt it looked like, since she was holding a picture of STRQ while Tai was Holding one two then he looks to a RWBY picture. Yang could be planning on seeing Ruby first then going to search for Raven, since she knows she is in Mistral.
Another thing that is important, Ironwood wants to close Atlas borders to avoid a possible attack, and he was spying on Mistral military forces that seemed to be moving and planning something. Another plot, count of 11.
Another thing I should say is that Ghira discovered that Adam plans of wrecking everything up again in Haven and also wants to finish off the actual leader Sienna Khan. Now she decided they need to take back the White fang. She also gets a moral slap in tha face from Sun who tells her that he would die for her as well as yang and Blake couldn’t do anything about it.
Later, in Haven, it is shown that Headmaster Lionheart was the traitor all along. He was the one to tell Cinder which Way Amber was following, to sneak her and her group as haven students in Vytal festival, and of course, the responsible for giving info about Ozpin.
The post credits scene shows that Ozcar found Qrow and now he asked his cane back. So Qrow knew all along that Ozpin can steal bodies or reincarnate.
So, we counted 11 subplots or plot points until now.
RNJR had the single mission to get to Haven, but new subjects and topics are added to the narrative, but most of them are not even finished or even furthermore commented. Its like they are only there to remind you that Volume 5 will blow our minds (we hope).
Like volume 1, Volume 4 was a new start, an introduction to this new phase that marks the start of the adult lives of many characters, and as an introduction, it shows new things to be developed, but there are just so much things, that most of them are just mentioned through the volume.
One of the most intriguing points that are practically forgotten through the episodes is the Dreams about Pyrrha.
Im afraid that they will be left as Yang’s encounter with Raven in the post credits of Volume 2.
There is a possibility of that being important, but, when we remember that the next volume will cover, Watss and Lionheart plans, Cinder possibly in action again, a possible military fight and ironwood shenanigans, a brawl with the Whitefang, and lets not forget about dear Ozcar, I guess it’ll be really hard to deal with all the other troubles, unless they join most of them together.
Qrow passed through a hard time in this volume, and in one of his deliriums, he clearly mentions Summer, although he don’t quote Names unless Tai’s. Ruby not even ask to him about it after he’s okay, at least not on screen, but I guess it would be a wise choice to point this out even if it was in her own mind, after all her father was in this dream/delirium.
Yang had a very fast recovery, and even being my favorite character, I guess if felt a little bit rushed. In the other hand, Yang will search for Ruby, and it seems she will try to discover a little bit more about her mother.
Weiss arc was quite interesting, but, I hope to see more of her and winter during volume 5.
She ran from home and now is in a very similar situation as her sister.
Blake in the other hand…I don’t know how to describe how boring her arc was.
I used to like her more, since she is the “ninja” character of the main characters, but, this season she was completely…AGHHHH…
Seriously now, she wanted to redeem herself with her family, asking sorry for following that psycho Adam, but guess what? They are your parents’ girl! They will forgive you!.
So we get 2 out of 4 episodes where her arc gets place aaaaaand is just a lot of talk, But at least, we got cool info about the white fang, Ghira, Adam, and Sienna Khan.
Now, we’ll only know more about her and Illya in volume 5 if, Illya appears.
Ren and Nora’s past was very interesting, not to mention that now they were truly developed.
Little Nora was really cute by the way.
Jaune otherwise, could only show that his sword have more forms now with the new upgrades, but sadly, no semblance, even the last battle being a possibility to unlock it.
The final battle by the way, was very much not what I thought it would be. I was waiting for something very hard but in the end together they won. I was hoping to see a very hard battle that could unleash Ruby SE or Jaune semblance, but the focus was on Ren and Nora, so I guess they decided to leave the stage to them. Also, its interesting to see how Jaune was not fond of Qrow due to Pyrrha’s and maiden’s stuff, and how he in the end helped him despite his own feelings towards Drunkle Qrow.
Ozcar also, he now have “his” can back, I hope we see him training or starting to show signals of his skills as being the new Ozpin.
In resume. Volume 4 was a new introduction, with new aspects and new mythology that makes the world of Remnant much more deep, but, there is so much thing to develop in volume 5, that it feels they will make some stuff last much more in the air to be actually solved. I think that, they lost the balance in “showing some stuff to develop in further volumes”.